International planet expert entertains
Chris Chad of the United Kingdom will present Flowers of Kashmir at 7 p.m., June 7 at Islands and Oceans Visitor’s Center.
Chad, a modern day seed collector and photographer, will share the plants, people and scenery of Kashmir. Chad has led 27 expeditions into the Himalayas, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and Kashmir. He is a leading authority on the study and cultivation of plants from these regions.
Chad sells shares of the seeds he collects in the fall, and many of them are hardy in our Alaska climate. He collects seeds from perennials, rock plants, shrubs, trees and bulbs.
Chad has 30 years of experience speaking to gardening clubs, horticultural societies and many other groups, and his lectures are both informative and entertaining. He has led tours in North America and New Zealand, and has had speaking engagements in France, Switzerland, Norway and India.
Chad is taking bookings now for another plant-hunting adventure to the borderlands of Central Tibet later this year. His visit across America is partially sponsored by the North American Rock Garden Society. The presentation is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, check out www.chadwellseeds.co.uk.
Gas price fluctuates, down
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.02 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.64 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 43.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 11.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 13.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
Gronseth graduates from St. Olaf College
Cody Gronseth of Homer graduated from St. Olaf College. Gronseth is a Computer Science major. He is the son of David and Sheila Gronseth.
Are you planning a trip abroad? If so, don’t miss South Peninsula Hospital’s free Tips for Healthy Travel presentation at 7 p.m. June 12 at Land’s End Resort.
Dr. Sarah Roberts and Dr. Judith Steyer will share tips for preparing for your international adventure, staying safe and healthy while on your travels, and teach you about required immunizations for different destinations and where and when to get them. For example, did you know Homer Medical Center is the only local clinic certified to give the yellow fever vaccination? The presentation is free and open to the public. Desserts and coffee will be served. For more information, contact 235-8586.
Dr. Sarah Roberts is a Board-Certified Family Practice Physician who received her medical degree from Michigan State University and has advanced training in perinatal mood disorders.
Dr. Judith Steyer is a Board-Certified Family Practice Physician who attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. She holds a certificate of knowledge in clinical tropical medicine and travelers’ health.
Dana Olesch of Homer, was recently named to the spring 2013 Dean’s List at Beloit College. Olesch is a First-Year. Beloit College is a residential, liberal arts college offering 40 majors to its 1,250 students. Located 90 miles northwest of Chicago, Beloit is one of the nation’s most international colleges, drawing students from 41 nations as well as 49 states.
Fishing in Homer has been steady
The halibut are not chalky and seem to be making a comeback. Bob’s Trophy Charters captain Diane Caso-Morris said most fish have been in the 10- to 25-pound range, but mentioned that a few days ago they had some 40- to 70-pound halibut on board. The half-day charters are producing smaller fish but the full-day trips are producing bigger ones.
The king fishing has been steady with some boats reporting limits. The usual areas Point Pogibshi and the Bluffs are fishing well.
The Nick Dudiak lagoon was dredged recently and should be better for fishing this year, because a better flush of tidal water should improve the fishing. Fishing at the lagoon is not in full gear yet but should be in a week or two.
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